06/18/2022, 00:20, Photo: Parenting.
A new study found that children aged three to five who ate more processed foods had less locomotor skills than those who ate less of these foods. The results also showed lower cardiovascular balance among 12- to 15-year-olds who ate more processed foods. (read more below)
According to researchers, behaviors associated with healthy eating are established in childhood and, therefore, are important to educate families on ways to reduce the consumption of ultra-processed foods. (read more below)
Is it ultra-processed?
Most processed foods are ready-to-eat or ready-to-eat items that are high in sugar, sodium, and high in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. They usually contain added sugar, hydrogenated oils and flavor enhancers.
Some examples include snacks and sweets, sugary breakfast cereals, cookies, snack foods, and sausages. When these foods are consumed in excess they are associated with a variety of health problems such as diabetes, obesity and other serious health conditions such as certain types of cancer.
In terms of research, the most commonly processed products are: packaged snacks, breakfast cereals, sweets, soft drinks, sugary juices, yogurt, canned soups and processed foods such as pizza, hot dog, hamburger and bracelets of chickens.
More calories and less health
To further analyze the relationship between physical fitness and processed foods at various stages of childhood, the authors used data from the National Health and Nutrition Research (NHANES). A total of 1,500 American children between the ages of three and 15 participated in the study.
To test children five years and under, researchers used locomotor magnification as a measure of body balance. The results showed that those with lower scores consumed 273 more calories per day from processed foods than those with lower scores.
Cardiovascular correction was used as a measure of body balance in older children. The study showed that young people with healthy cardiovascular health consumed 226 fewer calories daily from processed foods than those without cardiovascular health.
The team further explained that although more processed foods are simpler and easier, research findings indicate the importance of preparing healthy snacks and meals. (read more below)
According to them, it is a way to save in old age, since making healthy decisions in childhood can influence the use of care in adults and old age.
Source: Dr. Jairo Bouer